From their hands to ours: it's why we wear our mother's jewelry and use our father's key chain, putter, and lucky hat.  We play lottery numbers using loved ones' ages or birthdates.  I have my mother's license in my wallet.  Why, you ask?  I don't have a good answer.

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Annual Town Meeting:  The Annual Town Meeting will take place on April 25 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Elementary School.  Annual Report books have been hand delivered to each household.  If you did not receive one please contact the Board of Selectmen Office.  There will also be extra copies at the Town Meeting.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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Many people laugh at the ads on television ... the ones that promote this or that new “miracle” drug that’s guaranteed to help your condition, whatever it is, and have a few minor side effects like respiratory failure, suicidal thoughts or actions, or cancer.  It’s amusing in a way, writes Joanne MacInnis RN CDP, but some of these medications have been helpful.  

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

 

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

 

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Often to the outside world, an elder may appear to be managing well, writes Joanne MacInnis RN, President of Aberdeen Home Care. In many areas of life, they may well be. However, sometimes, when we start to dig deeper (think of peeling an onion), we find things under the top layer that raise a red flag.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

 

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It’s A Mystery to Me

On Wednesday, March 30, the Manchester COA van will take its monthly mystery ride, where the van driver heads for an undisclosed establishment somewhere on the North Shore.  It could be ice cream, pastries, sandwiches, or all of the above and only the van driver knows!  A little hint will be given, so all can be prepared!   Pick-up begins at noon and return will be by 2 p.m.  To book a reservation for the mystery ride, contact the COA.

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As Joanne MacInnis of Aberdeen Home Care in Danvers writes in her column this week, Dorothy was right: "There's no place like home."

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Income Tax Advice

Free income tax advice is available for qualified senior citizens and low-income residents.  This service is available through a cooperative effort of the AARP Foundation tax-aid program and the SeniorCare RSVP program.  All volunteer counselors are trained by the Internal Revenue Service; counselors will have hours at the Town Hall in Manchester on Thursday mornings, with appointments scheduled every 15 minutes.

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The notion of "busy" has been a conversation that keeps popping up recently, and exploring the cost of our life “pace” is so important writes Joanne MacInnis.

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Lobster Roll Lunch

The Manchester Council on Aging is offering a Lobster Roll Lunch on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Catered by Jeff’s Variety of Gloucester enjoy a delicious lobster roll, potato chips and cookie. You can pick your lunch up at the Council on Aging office or we will deliver it to you. 

The cost of this luncheon is $12 per person and open to the first 40 who sign up. You can drop your payment off or mail a check to the Council on Aging, 10 Central Street, Manchester, MA 01944. Please call the Council on Aging Office at (978) 526-7500 for more information or to register.

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Although we are Red Sox Nation, we are also hearty Yankees.

Between winter, deep freeze, soaring gas prices, COVID, kids, schooling, aging parents, loved ones in facilities with COVID outbreaks, and let alone whatever you are personally dealing with, sometimes the stiff upper lip is not our friend.  All the while, deep down inside, you’re wondering if another lurking variant comes after the letter O.  If we turtle, pull inside our armor, and maintain that everything is FINE (even when it’s NOT), we deny ourselves something critically important.

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There’s a lot set to happen with the Council on Aging (COA) in the coming weeks. Check them out here, and for further information on any of these great trips or to reserve your seat on the van, please call 978-526-7500.

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This year (kind of like last year) feels more of the same to most of us.  We surely thought, or hoped, that COVID would be waning now, that the news would not be dominated once again with grids and graphs of numbers indicating infection, hospitalization, and death.  We thought we would have one vaccination, not three, and surely not hearing rumblings about a fourth dose.

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Hmm.  The $64,000 question.  It's hard to imagine that we are closing in on two years of life with COVID.  So much has changed.  Why would healthcare be exempt?  Worker shortages have impacted the food and restaurant industry so much that tables remain empty with signs of explanation, "sorry…

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No, not ten-layer dip or trifle dessert. Many layers of many holidays.

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Many of us are vaccinated, writes Joanne MacInnis, and some of us are “boostered.”  We were creative last year.  We delivered meals through a briefly opened door and blew kisses through the windows.  Some hearty souls had Thanksgiving celebrations outside, with generous physical distance.  We did what needed doing.